Issue details

IT Asset & License Refresh Programme 2019/20

In January 2020 all Microsoft support for Windows 7, MS Office 2010, Microsoft Exchange Email and Windows 2008 server ends. This means all upgrades and Security patches for new vulnerabilities will no longer be issued to protect these key council systems. This would result in the council would lose its central government PSN accreditation to process anything from central Government agencies including revenues and benefits, no access for Public Health and other services to the NHS spine and no access to CPIS for Children’s social care etc. We therefore need to implement Windows 10/Office 2016 across our IGel, Pc, Laptop and Home working portal infrastructure. As our current portfolio is now 5 to 7 years old our desktop and server hardware also needs replacing to implement Windows 10 before the deadline. Our Microsoft License Enterprise Agreement also expires in June 2019 exposing us to an annual £450,000 charge compared to the existing £214,000 annual revenue charge therefore we need to buy out of the current agreement before the expiration date to mitigate this doubling of charges. Discussions at central government level have gone nowhere with this issue in terms of the revenue challenge so we have no other option to choose the buy out scheme and look to re-enter the Microsoft EA route or Google solutions before October 2025 when support ends for MS Office 2016

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/04/2019

Decision due: 26 Mar 2019 by Corporate Director (Place)

Contact: Martin Shields, Corporate Director Email: